Neil Brown


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21 January 2017 9:00 am

I should stop saying I am appalled by every new horror that arises in public life; there are so many…


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14 January 2017 9:00 am

The Sussan Ley scandal highlights the monumental problem facing the Turnbull government in restoring its public standing to anything remotely…


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31 December 2016 9:00 am

Here at the Spectator Australia Electoral Reform Unit, we certainly had our hands full in 2016, what with Brexit, and…


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10 December 2016 9:00 am

My christmas stocking fillers An exciting group of new and emerging writers exploded onto the literary scene in 2016. So,…


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19 November 2016 9:00 am

Of all the hare-brained ideas that governments come up with, the deal with the US to take refugees from Manus…


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12 November 2016 9:00 am

I have a terrible confession to make. No, it is not that I was a bully at school, or even…


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5 November 2016 9:00 am

The FBI certainly stirred up the US election when it announced it had found more of Hillary Clinton’s emails on…

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29 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps all is not lost. There might yet be hope for the education of our youth. Like many people, I…


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22 October 2016 9:00 am

Brandis is right, gleeson is wrong Normally, I would not get involved in disputes concerning politicians, as they should be…


Riot woy’s war diary

8 October 2016 9:00 am

It seems just a mere few weeks ago that I was toasting a crumpet in the prefects’ room at St…


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17 September 2016 9:00 am

One day when I was a member of the federal parliament, a surprising thing happened to me. Until then, if…


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10 September 2016 9:00 am

Pollies’ dictionary The Australian National Dictionary has just published its second edition with lots of new words that have worked…

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13 August 2016 9:00 am

It is good to see that proposals for electoral reform keep coming in. Some of them are designed to prevent…


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23 July 2016 9:00 am

Melbourne is rejoicing today in a wonderful literary hoax that rivals the 1943 publication in Angry Penguins of the spoof…

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9 July 2016 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull has certainly made a name for himself since he became leader of the Liberal party. The party that…

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2 July 2016 9:00 am

Now the election is over, here are our Awards for noteworthy service given to the democratic process over the last…

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25 June 2016 9:00 am

I don’t agree with the mainstream media that the election campaign has been dull and boring, except when the media…

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18 June 2016 9:00 am

It would be odd if this column did not make some comment on progress in the federal election campaign which,…

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28 May 2016 9:00 am

No-one should have been surprised when Greens Senator Richard Di Natale was sprung last week for paying his three employees…

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21 May 2016 9:00 am

We owe the New York Times a debt of enormous gratitude for exposing Donald Trump as the misogynist and woman…

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30 April 2016 9:00 am

I suppose I must be the only person in Australia who has read, re-read and underlined Niki Savva’s The Road…

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16 April 2016 9:00 am

As you know, I have always been at the forefront of the fight against discrimination, especially the evil variety that…

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2 April 2016 9:00 am

A new authoritarianism has descended. There now seems to be a list of official beliefs we are allowed to hold…


Behaviour unbecoming

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Those bigmouths who have spilled the beans on office gossip and scuttlebutt do themselves no favours

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5 March 2016 9:00 am

After this year’s shambles, I thought I would get in early and nominate Alice Kunek as Australian of the Year…